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Reykjavik Soon to Host Iceland's First Mosque

Posted: Jul. 16th, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse
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Iceland is an island that's just about as far away from the middle east as you can get, so it's no surprise that it's taken this long for Reykjavik to pick up a mosque or two. Plans have finally come together for the construction of the new religious site, and it looks as though this new building will become one of Reykjavik's most distinctive features in the future.

The Reykjavík environment and planning board has kind of already promised the Association of Muslims in Iceland a building site in Sogamýri in Reykjavík, so they can build a mosque. Chairman of the planning board says they plan to honor that promise. This would be the first mosque in Iceland.

The land in question was approved for this purpose earlier this year. The Muslim Association in Iceland welcomed the decision that they claimed to have waited for for 13 years.

The Muslim Association plans to build a mosque with a nine meter high minaret, but the final design will have to be approved by municipal authorities.


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